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Mark down February 14th, 2012 as the day when exoskeletons became an established medical therapy. Ekso Bionics, formerly Berkeley Bionics and creators of the HULC army exoskeleton, have delivered their first commercial lower body system to Craig Hospital in Denver Colorado. The Ekso medical exoskeleton supports the body while moving the user’s legs for them. In other words, Ekso lets paraplegics walk again.
but doctors at Santa Clara even suggested that immediate therapy using an exoskeleton may provide at least some hope for neural regeneration. That is, that getting back up on your legs very soon after a spinal injury may increase chances of reclaiming some sensation or control. That’s an amazing (albeit very preliminary) possibility.
Awesome, but you could still probably get around faster in a wheel chair lol
Originally posted by speculativeoptimist
reply to post by imnothereru
Thank you for the reply, and yea it must kind of be frustrating to see these advents and not be able to afford them.
But I wouldn't snuff out the spark of hope in the availability and affordability of this tech yet. I would imagine many in the health field will start finding ways to make these affordable. I hope the 'luxury' verses 'necessity' issue is taken to court, and I'd imagine people would support this tech being classified as a necessity.
Perhaps a philanthropist will get involved and help with the distribution of this tech.
Some insurance policies reimburse or co-pay with items like the scooter, so there should be some room for their support here. Hopefully this is such a monumental advance that the policies will be re-written to accommodate provision. But I'm a glass half full kinda dude too